Moto 360 smartwatch gets new fitness features and metal bands

Motorola has announced some new features for its Android Wear Moto 360 smartphone, which boosts its functionality as a fitness tracker.

The new Moto Body features enables owners of the bulky, first-gen Motorola smartwatch to track their steps, distance, heart rate and estimated calorie burn.

Moto’s update also includes a “My Design” watch face option, which, as the name suggests, will facilitate the creation of custom watch faces.

The updates will go live to users via the Motorola Connect app and allows the firm to boost its offering before the Apple Watch goes on sale in ‘Early 2015.’

The company is also offering new light and dark metal bands (including a champagne gold finish), while it has promised slim bands will be available in time for the busy festive season.

On its official blog, the company wrote: “Moto 360 now comes with metal bands that are as durable as they are beautiful. Crafted from aircraft-grade stainless steel, these bands feature a modern, contemporary tri-link design that complements the round face of Moto 360. Starting today, Moto 360 with light and dark metal bands are available on motorola.com for $299.

“Coming soon, we will offer Moto 360 with new slim bands, which is an option for smaller wrists or for people who want a different look. Slim bands will be available in time for the holidays in light metal ($299) and a brand new champagne gold finish ($329).”

As well as the new metal editions of the Moto 360, Moto also began

selling the Nexus 6 in the United States today. Previously it was only

available at the Google Play Store.

Will the metal offerings entice you to snap up a Moto 360? Would you consider the device as a fitness tracker? Let us know your feelings in the comments section below.

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